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    The Hills are alive with the sound of money

    Have you ever fancied getting paid just to live somewhere? Well you could be very soon – because a picturesque Swiss village wants to offer families £53,000 to go and live there. Yes, that’s right – £53,000 to live in the mountain village of Albinen, in the Swiss Canton of Valais.


    Despite its quietness, phenomenal views, air quality and location close to Sion, Visp and Leukerbad, just 240 people live in the village now – and even the village school has shut down. Fed up with a shrinking population, a group of young citizens launched a petition asking the municipality to offer a cash incentive to those moving into town to reverse the trend of emigration. The picturesque village offers phenomenal views and air quality.

    The municipality came with a plan for active housing subsidies that include fixed financial contributions to individuals, couples and families moving to Albinen. The benefits are meant for anyone under the age of 45 who wants to build, buy or renovate a home in town. Just 240 people live in Albinen.

    If the municiple council accepts the plan during the vote on November 30, adults will get £18,992 with the town also paying £7,597 for each child. It means that a couple with two children would get £53,188 if they decide to move into town.
    President Beat Jost said: ‘Second homes and large residential complexes of investor groups are out of the question. ‘Anyone who moves away again ten years after the start of construction or after buying the house must repay the money.’ Another condition is that the investment amount is at least £151,925. The town is shrinking as people move to bigger cities.

    To pay for it, the municipality wants to create a fund in which they would pay each year 100,000 Swiss Francs. Thomas Egger, director of the Swiss Working Group for Mountain Areas (SAB), said the emptying of villages such as Albinen is a nationwide problem. Jost said the entire community would benefit and the initiative is the right one for his town. ‘In a best case scenario, even the village school will reopen,’ he added.


    Read more: Swiss village wants to give people £53,000 to live there | Metro News

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    Villages in Japan offer similar giveaways to get people relocate there and have children.

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    ^ And Italy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    President Beat Jost said: ‘Second homes and large residential complexes of investor groups are out of the question. ‘Anyone who moves away again ten years after the start of construction or after buying the house must repay the money.’ Another condition is that the investment amount is at least £151,925. The town is shrinking as people move to bigger cities.
    So, let me get this right; They'll give you some dosh (GBS 53,000 if you have 2 kids) if you invest at least GBS 151,925 in the community. Is that right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Villages in Japan offer similar giveaways to get people relocate there and have children.
    Yes, but they provide the girls.


    If what I saw online is true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    So, let me get this right; They'll give you some dosh (GBS 53,000 if you have 2 kids) if you invest at least GBS 151,925 in the community. Is that right?
    Aye, that's the Swiss for you.
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    I think you'd have to be mental to invest 100K in a dying village.

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    Years ago (25 years ago or so), I bought a stone-built house in the High Pyrenees region of France. At that time (and probably even more so), the villages were dying because all the young folk had moved to Toulouse. Only the knarled old locals were left, plus the occasional, lucky village with cross-country ski-ing nearby.

    You could buy a huge stone mansion for a few thousand francs, because no-one wanted to live there. You could probably find a house for free. The houses had walls 1 metre thick, but the wooden floorboards and stairs had all rotted away in the humidity.

    When I visited one house for an inspection, I managed to fall through the rotten floor straight into the cellar......

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    All these places look nice but the fact is they are boring as fuk.

    That's unless one excels in buggering chickens 24-7.

    A few dudes on this forum would like it.

    The Yerman ones eh.

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    Facebook is full of these offers of villages in first world countries offering newcomers the once in a lifetime to live the dream.
    Most of the excited comments from folks who desperately want to live the dream , and they share the post with family is that they happen to live in 3rd world shitholes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    All these places look nice but the fact is they are boring as fuk.

    That's unless one excels in buggering chickens 24-7
    Right up your street tezza

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    ^

    Yer that's right but it does not take away that these isolated places are for the punters that hate life.

    Whatever eh.

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    Don't know if they still do but used to be good offers to try and entice you to live on some of the Scottish islands due to same issues as in dwindling populations and fuk all to do for the young. Transport an issue aswell as most of the islands don't have airstrip so are reliant on boats/ferries to get on/off the islands which won't run in shit weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    Years ago (25 years ago or so), I bought a stone-built house in the High Pyrenees region of France
    How is it now?










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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    How is it now?











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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    The benefits are meant for anyone under the age of 45
    Damnit!

    Age discrimination! My lawyers will be contacting them...

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    Some moronic oaf said something earlier on about folk who liked living in remote places hated life.

    Far from true.
    One can discover a whole different series of values when living in a small community away form the chaos of metropoleis.
    Whilst it is important to be reasonably comfortable in and with your own, and maybe your partners company, life in such remote communities can be idyllic and very rewarding.
    Helping each other out.
    Being relaxed enough in each others company to not HAVE to talk.
    Eating together.
    It can be great.
    Your priorities change. Your values become more real.
    The falsities and chaotic squabbling of the city are not for all of us.

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    I agree. And if you're lucky, your neighbours don't mow the grass all the time, or use leaf blowers, whipper-snippers or have dogs which bark constantly.

    Or have frigging car alarms which go off at 4.30 on a Monday morning like my neighbours did this morning.

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    Nothing wrong with the quite life, takes an educated intelligent person to enjoy it.

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    Have you ever fancied getting paid just to live somewhere?
    Just sneak into the UK in the back of a truck, and hey presto!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    the quite life, takes an educated intelligent person to enjoy it
    What a load of crud. In Thailand those rural places are normally filled with yokels and inbreds. A bit like Stockport

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    What a load of crud. In Thailand those rural places are normally filled with yokels and inbreds. A bit like Stockport

    Yes, but those yokels and "inbreds" as you call them, work their asses off trying to sustain a living on the land or whatever. I think this thread is more about the outsider moving into the remore rural area and seeking seclusion, peace, privacy and tranquility.


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